It turns out that several great facts converge to make this cool tip. Unlike wine bottles, champagne and sparkling cider bottles both have resealable lips like beer bottles. They can be easily recapped using your standard bottle capper from the homebrew store. They hold about 25oz of liquid, about two beers depending on the size bottles you normally use.
Buying similar bottles online nets out to around a dollar a bottle, plus shipping, and that’s for a 22oz bottle. We mentioned this to some friends before the last batch of holidays and were rewarded with several (free) deliveries of post-festivity bottles. This saved us about $25-$30 and rescued a whole lotta bottles from The Smasher.
It saves a little bit of effort to use larger bottles if you generally open more than one ‘per event’. You can also reuse a lot of bottle racks and things made for wine bottles that don’t generally work with the smaller 12oz beer bottles.
It’s also pretty hysterical to see a bunch of folks standing around drinking out of giant green bottles, so if your neighbors are already a little suspicious about your homesteading, make sure you pour into a glass.